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Friday, April 5, 2013

Adventure Comics # 491, September, 1982

We're back. How was your Winter and Spring. Mine, at age 23, were actually very eventful in 1982. But you don't want to hear about that. It's now July and ADVENTURE COMICS a digest! Click the images and you'll see the pages larger than they actually were at the time!

Co-edited by Dick Giordano and Carl Gafford, with input from Paul Levitz, whoever chose the line-up (my money's on Gafford) did an excellent job of mixing one new story with appropriate old favorites!  

This story is new, teaming the Marvel Family with Quality's KID ETERNITY in what has been described as the "dark and gritty" phase  of their original DC run, continuing from their own failed title and a few appearances elsewhere.

Then the return of both Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes in an ambitious project to reprint all of the original LSH stories in chronological order--without editorial changes--and annotated by Paul Levitz who was then the "show-runner" for the Legion. Otto Binder's debut of the main three characters and then Jerry Siegel's first take on them are in this issue. Note that credits have now been added where none were in the original ADVENTURE printings.

Aquaman returns for one last ADVENTURE run, this time reprinting full-length issues from his acclaimed late sixties run in his own mag handled by Dick Giordano and his Charlton expatriates. 

Alex Toth's then-already legendary BLACK CANARY story from just a decade earlier returns next to ADVENTURE.

Then Simon and Kirby's Sandman and Sandy, once the ADVENTURE cover boys, get another reprinting after a brief revival in the King's early seventies FOREVER PEOPLE.

And finally THE SPECTRE, not that long ago an ADVENTURE cover feature, beginning a reprinting of his Silver Age solo appearances with this beautifully drawn Murphy Anderson tale by Gardner Fox that originally appeared in SHOWCASE.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Adventure Comics # 490, February, 1982

This issue would have been on the stands in December of 1981. I was about to turn 23 and had been reading and collecting comics for 17 years at that point. I was NOT following ADVENTURE during this period, however, and I don't recall if I even realized this was meant to be the final issue of my once favorite DC title. Not that the letters page indicated that in any way. would be nearly a year before we saw the next issue.

Ironically, Carmine Infantino, longtime DC publisher and the main artist on the DIAL "H" FOR HERO series that ends with this issue, passed away today in 2013. Rest In Peace.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Adventure Comics # 489, January, 1982

My favorite cover and the story that goes with it, the second one in this issue, is my favorite story in this series, also my favorite character designs!

The news here is that DIAL "H" will be vacating ADVENTURE for SUPERBOY. With only one issue to go, they either had something in the works to replace it or else just didn't yet want to announce that their oldest remaining title was ending. Briefly. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Asking For Your Help

I average 12 fairly popular blogs at any one time and since 2009, partly for health reasons, I have also made my living working from home doing proofreading, transcription, research, fact-checking, editing, editorial assistance, writing and ghostwriting as well as selling off collectibles online. Since December, my IMac has been having intermittent issues that prevent me from working to my best and frustrate me (and my already high blood pressure) endlessly. After talking to Apple, they suggest repairs might cost more than getting an upgraded computer. This one is, after all, three years old.

Amanda Palmer recently posted a video about how people are willing to help if they are just asked. I'm asking. We're still living paycheck to paycheck from my wife's new job and my freelance income. An upgraded version of the computer I have--with all the software I'd need to keep working--would be around $2000.00.

If you've ever enjoyed any of my postings or my writing or my art or my Facebook photo galleries, I'm asking you now to help me keep it going. If 80 people give $25.00 apiece, it's a done deal! I'm asking. If you're in a position to help us out, please consider doing so and I promise to continue to turn out entertaining posts and products for years to come!

Adventure Comics # 488, December, 1981

Another good cover and the best costumes yet for this issue's characters. No Heck this time. Two ads for the new Saturday morning kids line-ups. The price increased by a full dime a couple of issues back but with this issue we get a bit of a page increase as well.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Adventure Comics # 487, November, 1981

A cool split cover by Andru/Esposito and Infantino back with his best yet interior art. Comics historian and then columnist Cat Yronwode is credited with one of the interior fashions.